Junior Omari Woods (5-9, 170) and sophomore Manny Patterson (5-9, 170) aid the secondary.

“The strength of the defense is the defensive backfield,” Henry said.

The linebacking corps boasts a trio of sophomores in Connor Jangro (6-1, 210), Jalen Jones (5-10, 175) and Malik Carr (5-8, 185).

Junior James Nelson (5-9, 165) handles kicking duties and junior Collin McCabe (5-10, 170) is the punter, with junior Nick Willerts (6-1, 180) snapping on punts and Matthew Shallow (6-1,180) snapping on field goals.

Western Tech

Record last year: 6-4

First game: Sept. 6, 7 p.m. at Loch Raven

Offensive starters returning: 6

Defensive starters returning: 5

Fast fact: Western Tech’s third straight winning season last year was the first time the squad has done that in school history.

Outlook: The Wolverines will go as far as their passing game takes them and that bodes well with senior quarterback Jamal Pryor (6-3, 180) calling signals.

“He is maturing as an athlete and a person,” coach Alan Lagon said. “He has a lot of potential and he seems ready to reach that potential.”

The key will be finding reliable receivers for the All-County quarterback, who is receiving multiple Division 1A offers from schools such as James Madison, Towson and Old Dominion universities.

One of the top pass catchers could be athletic senior running back Tejon Anthony (5-7, 150).

Other pass catching threats are senior Sydney Mason (5-11, 175)  and junior Anthony Payne (5-9, 180) and junior tight end DeMarcus Wirsing (6-2, 215).

Joining Anthony in the backfield is senior Jordan Carr (5-8, 185) and juniors Kenneth Moore (5-9, 210) and Anthony Pompey (5-10, 180).

They will run behind a line that includes veteran guards Necho Freeman (6-21, 230), a senior, and Sheriff Adewumi (5-8, 220), a junior, along with senior tackle Josh Miles (6-6, 265), junior tackle John Smith (6-0, 220) and sophomore center Shawn Kashlak (5-9, 200).

The defense is anchored by linebackers Moore, Carr and Adewumi and defensive backs Anthony, Pryor, senior Mike Williams (5-9, 155) and junior Darius Howe (5-10, 165).

Miles and Wirsing are mainstays on the defensive line.

Western Tech, who moved up to Class 2A, will have to negotiate through a tough schedule that includes Hereford, Eastern Tech and New Town to earn its fourth straight winning season.

“It’s going to be competitive, but it’s going to be fun,” said Lagon.